I’ll say this upfront, I had no idea who Mr. Linaweaver was before today, and I apologize if what I’ve written here is offensive to anyone. It’s not my intent. Here’s what happened.
I was catching up with posting’s on Mike Glyer’s File 770 SF fanzine when I came across an article called Brad Linaweaver (1952-2019). First of all, I’m chagrined to say that up until this writing, I had no idea who Linaweaver was and now it’s my mission to read his works. After all, I’m barely two years younger than he is, or rather was.
As I said above, I absolutely mean no disrespect upon him or his loved ones in writing this wee essay, but something Glyer wrote not only caught my attention, it seized it in an iron grip:
I met Brad long ago through other Libertarian fans and knew about his good sense of humor – he attended the satirical Hogu Ranquets organized at Worldcons by Elst Weinstein and John Novak. –emph. mine
I’m sorry, did Glyer just call himself a libertarian? Trust me, I’m amazed.
I actually can’t call myself the same, but I do have some libertarian leanings. That said, I’m hardly an Ayn Rand devotee and I think she was a terrible, terrible author among other things.
I don’t know Linaweaver’s political affiliations, and frankly, they don’t really matter. What matters is that another talented human being has left this spinning sphere, and I have no doubt his passing is mourned.
In a previous blog post of mine, I challenged camestrosfelapton to prove to me that, as they said, a conservative would have no trouble winning a Hugo award, assuming the quality of the nominated story was up to snuff.
Now there seems to be some evidence that conservatives, or at least libertarians, are not necessarily considered the pariah of the SF/F world. That’s something of a contradiction to everything I’ve understood up until now.
I did find out that Linaweaver was praised by Ronald Reagan, who, as you may remember if you’re old enough, was a pretty conservative guy (and President).
I’m suddenly feeling a bit hopeful about my writing being accepted by a wider audience.
All that said, and again, I mentioned this above, I could be considered as exploiting the death of another human being and the grief of that person’s friends and family. That is certainly not my intent, but I realize my words could be interpreted that way. However, I’m writing this in my own fashion, to demonstrate that modern entertainment in general and Science Fiction in particular, doesn’t have to be and certainly shouldn’t be, owned by any single political party, social perspective, or ideological viewpoint.
There’s room for all of us at the table. All I, and all the authors out there like me want, is to pull up a chair.
Rest in peace, Brad Linaweaver. I never knew ye or your stories, but I can change the latter.